Sesquipedalian meaning

sĕskwĭ-pĭ-dālyən
A long word.
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Given to or characterized by the use of long words.
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A person who uses long words.
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The definition of sesquipedalian is something eighteen inches in length, is very lengthy or uses long words.

An example of sesquipedalian is half a yard of fabric.

An example of sesquipedalian is someone who says they are magnanimous and ebullient.

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Long and ponderous; polysyllabic.
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Measuring a foot and a half.
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Very long.
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Using, or characterized by the use of, long words.
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A long word.
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A long word.
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(of a word or words) Long; polysyllabic.

More people know the sesquipedalian word "antidisestablishmentarianism" than know what it means.

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Pertaining to or given to the use of overly long words.

Our dinner guest was so sesquipedalian that no one could understand what he said.

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Origin of sesquipedalian

  • Latin sesquipedalis (literally “a foot and a half long"), from sesqui-, from Latin sesqui (“one and a half"); + pedal, from Latin pedis, form of pes (“foot"), + adjective suffix -alis; + adjective suffix -ian. Cognate to French sesquipédal.

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